Hoodlums Attack Anambra LG Secretariat, Burn Police Station

. Police arrest 22 armed robbers, declare 30 wanted

David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka and  Ahmad Sorondinki in Kano

Hoodlums numbering about 30 yesterday morning burnt a part of Anaocha Local Government Area headquarters secretariat in Neni, Anambra State.

However, in  Kano, operatives of state Police Command have arrested  22 armed robbers and declared 30 wanted in connection with the recent attack on the innocent indigents of Dorayi Quarters Gwale Local Government area of Kano state.

The hoodlums, in Anambra, who were said to be heavily armed, also set ablaze the Neni Police Station in  the same local government area.

It was gathered that the attack occurred between 3a.m. and 4a.m. yesterday. A source in the area said the hoodlums were shouting: “DPO must go. He has overstayed. He has stayed in Anaocha for over 15 years.”

The source said the hoodlums alleged that Anaocha Police Station had become another SARS station, where many despicable things were happening.

The state Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident.

He stated that though the hoodlums attacked the police station with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), they, however, did not take away any arm, and did not abduct any police personnel.

According to the PPRO, “The hoodlums were successfully repelled  by the superior fire-power of the police operatives who engaged them and forced them to flee.

“Police operations have begun in the area to fish out those responsible for the attack. We assure you that the police would leave no stone unturned to ensure that those behind it are brought to book.”

Meanwhile,  operatives of Kano State Police Command have arrested n 22 armed robbers and declared 30 wanted in connection with the recent attack on the innocent indigents of Dorayi Quarters Gwale Local Government area of Kano state.

The Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usaini Gumel, who disclosed this during a stakeholders’ meeting with residents of the area yesterday, explained that the 22 persons in custody have helped to identify other 30 persons whom the command is inviting over to surrender themselves or be arrested.

According to him, “We carried out an investigation and we discovered they are armed thugs. And we have arrested 22 in connection with the uproar.”

“They are in the custody of the Criminal Intelligence Department, CID where they are undergoing discreet investigation. They have so far identified 30 other persons in connection to the attack.”

“Let me warn that anybody who attempted to come forward to seek bail for the arrested persons should also be arrested.

“Let me assure you that this will be the end of the activities of these thugs. That people should go about with their normal activities and worshipers should come out to perform the prayers as we are ready to embark on patrols and provide adequate security,” he stated.

“As regards the call for the establishment of the anti-daba division, I have already deployed personnel to be posted to the area to man the anti-daba and anti-robbery division,” CP Gumel stated.

The Police Commissioner, however, warned that anybody or parents who attempted to come forward for bail of the arrested person would be arrested while calling on the residents to instead help them with relevant information that would lead to the arrest of the remaining thugs.

Gumel also debunked a video going viral of a young boy who was seen stabbed in his stomach with a knife, saying it was untrue and not in Dorayi nor was it in Kano.

Earlier, various community leaders who took turns to address the gathering appealed to the Commissioner of Police on the need to establish an anti-daba division in the area.

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